If there's one thing Motorola's good at, it's making a smartphone with a long-lasting battery, as evidenced by last year's Droid RAZR Maxx. At a Verizon event in New York City, the wireless company announced three new Motorola Android smartphones, with the frontrunner being the Droid Maxx (the RAZR branding's been dropped).
With a Kevlar rear, a slim 8.5mm thickness and a large 5-inch screen (720p), the Droid Maxx looks to return some of the glory to the "Droid Does" movement that picked up a couple of years back. Thanks to a custom 8-core chip that includes a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, quad-core GPU, and two additional cores for "contextual computing" and "natural language processing" Motorola claims its phones can squeeze 24 percent more processing and 100 percent more graphics processing over the old Droid RAZR Maxx. Additionally, the Droid Maxx has a 10-megapixel rear camera with f/2.4 wide lens and a 2-megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM (up from 1GB), 32GB of internal storage and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
But as we mentioned up top, the real killer feature of the Droid Maxx is its 3,500mAh battery, which can supposedly last up to 48 hours, up from the 32 hours the Droid RAZR Maxx was rated at. That's quite impressive, considering many of today's top smartphones including the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 and HTC One only get 8-9 hours on a charge with moderate usage.
In addition to the Droid Maxx, Motorola also revealed the Droid Mini and Droid Ultra. Both smartphones come with the same Kevlar rear construction, eight-core system on a chip, and 10-megapixel rear cameras as the Maxx, but with batteries that last half as long (24 hours) and screen sizes of 4.3-inch (Mini) and 5-inch (Ultra).
And because every smartphone seems to need to come with its own list of gimmicks, Motorola's lined up a few for its new Droid devices, some of which help conserve battery life throughout the day:
- Touchless Control: Use voice commands to make calls, get directions and search
- Droid Zap: Share photos and videos with people who are within 300 feet of you
- Active Display: Shows notifications without turning on the entire display
- Quick Capture: Flick device twice to turn on camera app
Prices for Motorola's new Droid smartphones are as follows: Droid Mini ($99), Droid Ultra ($199) and Droid Maxx ($299). Prices detailed include a two-year contract on Verizon. The Droid Maxx and Ultra arrive August 20 and the Droid Mini lands August 28. Customers who pick up any of the devices will also get a subscription for six months of Google Music for free.
What say you? Do Motorola and Verizon's new Droids sound appealing or are you going to wait for the much-rumored "Moto X" device that'll reportedly succeed the Nexus 4 as the flagship "stock Android" smartphone? Reset, the smartphone wars have. In all honestly, this is great news. This type of fierce competition is breeding better alternatives to a iPhone-filled world. The world needs choices. Motorola's giving users some more now.